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Rome in 1 Day: The Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome

by Carrani Tours Duration 9h+ Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is €86
Amazing! 4.1/5 Expedia guest rating View all 310 Expedia-verified reviews

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colourful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a first hand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

Discover the Eternal City's major highlights on a full-day guided tour. In the morning, explore the Vatican Museums and admire the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, step into Rome's ancient past as you discover monuments the monumental Colosseum, the triumphal Arch of Constantine, and the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Begin your day at the Vatican Museums, avoiding the long wait outside with skip-the-line entry. Your guide leads you through the museums and shows you the grand fresco sequences that mark the High Renaissance in Rome. Wander through the colourful Raphael Rooms—known for walls covered in Raphael's immortal frescoes—and step into the Sistine Chapel to get a first hand view of the glorious ceiling painted by Michelangelo. From there, make your way into the vast nave of St. Peter's Basilica to discover this sacred pilgrimage site and place of worship.

In the afternoon, your exploration resumes as you uncover the archaeological treasures of ancient Rome. Imagine the clashing swords of gladiators and the drama of maritime battles on the arena floor of the Colosseum, and then stroll in the footsteps of Roman citizens as you walk through the Roman Forum to see its temples, streets, and centuries-old gathering places. Your final stop is at Palatine Hill, where you can roam among the ruined foundations of imperial palaces as you look out over the city from this lofty vantage point.

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8:30 AM, Tour in English

Duration 9h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour without transport. You will have a 2-hour break between the morning and afternoon tour to have lunch on your own.

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8:30 AM, Tour with Lunch & Hotel Pick-up in English, includes Food Only

Duration 10h No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option for the tour plus pick-up from your centrally located Rome hotel, transport between the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum, and lunch in a traditional Roman restaurant. Hotel drop-off is not included.

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Rome in 1 Day: The Vatican, Colosseum & Ancient Rome

Activity Location

Multiple Locations Visited

Rome

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Bar L'Ottagono (Morning Tour - Low Cost Option)

    62 Piazza del Risorgimento

    Rome

  • Arch of Constantine (Afternoon Tour - Low Cost Option)

    Via di San Gregorio

    Rome

  • Hotel Pickup (if selected)

    Rome

  • Gray Line - I Love Rome Agency (if you do not require hotel pickup)

    Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 95

    Rome


Highlights

  • VIP access to the Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica

  • Chance to skip the long lines outside the Colosseum

  • Remarkable views of the Sistine Chapel's renowned ceiling

  • Opportunity to visit the Roman Forum & climb Palatine Hill

  • Informative & insightful commentary from an expert guide


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill

  • Admission fees

  • Skip-the-line entrance to Vatican Museums and Colosseum

  • Headset for tour commentary


Exclusions

  • Hotel drop-off

  • Drinks during lunch


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 2 and younger are complimentary.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If you book the option with hotel pick-up, pick-up is available from most centrally located Rome hotels beginning 30–60 minutes prior to your booked tour start time. You will be able to arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Hotel drop-off is not included; this tour ends near the Roman Forum.

  • If you book the option without hotel pick-up, you must make your own way to the meeting point. Check-in is 20 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.


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4.1 out of 5

5/5 Jun 21, 2018

We did a full day tour visiting the Vatican, Colosseum and Ancient Rome. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours and took away so much history. Our tour guides were great and they took their time with everything. Everything was explained in detail and not rushed. Unfortunately we can not remember the name of our guide from the morning tour but we had Alessandria (not sure if spelt right) for the afternoon tour.

1/5 Jun 17, 2018

Awful experience with Markus. Most of the people in our tour left early because they felt he was ruining their first time at the Vatican. Disappointed would be an understatement. There are many other tours to choose from besides this one!